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Raise Issues With Your Employer, Nurses Urged

Raise Issues With Your Employer, Nurses Urged
Nursing students from Tonga after their special performance during the Fiji Nursing Association annual general meeting at Novotel Suva Lami Bay on April 28, 2018. Photo:Ronald Kumar
April 30
14:30 2018

Fiji Nursing Association presi­dent Alisi Vudiniabola has reminded FNA members that they need to raise operational is­sues they face with their employ­ers.

This comes after an issue was raised last weekend during the FNA annual general meeting on the shortage of resources in vari­ous hospitals.

FNA members requested their representatives to call on the Min­istry for Health to plan for a day/week to conduct stock-taking and report on all the shortage/ limited resources and give valid reasons.

Ms Vudiniabola said the discus­sion of supplies in health care set­tings were actually up to them, as workers.

“We don’t have to wait for an FNA AGM to address issues that affect the safety and delivery of care. It is on us to make a stand. Most of us know how to put requests for­ward,” she said.

“Remember FNA is not your em­ployer. We are a professional union that addresses issues that are not solved by your employer.”

She said if the shortage of resourc­es was the cause of risks that affect­ed patients’ care and lives, then the ministry or the nurses’ employers needed to know the risk and nurses needed to make a stand to be heard.

“That is something that needs to be remembered that we don’t have to wait for two years to keep bring­ing up an issue,” Ms Vudiniabola said.

Meanwhile, FNA general-secre­tary Salanieta Matiavi said the association had been receiving a lot of complaints on the shortage of resources and these were espe­cially delivery kits within their workplace.

Mrs Matiavi said there used to be a board of survey within the minis­try which conducted auditing and noted the write-off of equipment and what to replace.

She said they gave their recom­mendations to the ministry on hav­ing a board of survey.

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